Love Is Strange

Album This song officially appears on the Wild Life LP.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1971

Master release


Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions



Wild Life mixing #1

Aug 06, 1971



Wild Life mixing #2

Oct 05, 1971

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Song facts

Love Is Strange” is the only song from 1971 Wings’ debut album, “Wild Life“, which was not written and credited to Paul & Linda McCartney. From Wikipedia:

Love is Strange” was a crossover hit by American rhythm and blues duet Mickey & Sylvia, which was released in late November 1956 by the Groove record label.

The song was based on a guitar riff by Jody Williams. The song was written by Bo Diddley under the name of his wife at the time, Ethel Smith, and was recorded by Bo and Buddy Holly, among others. The guitar riff was also used by Dave “Baby” Cortez in his 1962 instrumental song “Rinky Dink“, also credited to Diddley. […]

We were in Scotland one summer, I was painting the roof and Linda’s got this reggae record, one of the Tighten Up records. We were just playing it and it was great music. We just loved it, so we started with a backing track.

Paul McCartney – From “The Beatles: Off The Record 2 – The Dream is Over: Dream Is Over Vol 2” by Keith Badman

It didn’t start out to be ‘Love Is Strange’. It started out as an instrumental and when we listened to it, that song came to mind.

Linda McCartney – Interview with Disc And Music Echo, November 1971

We got the band together and just started to play the reggae thing. We did the backing track and decided that ‘Love Is Strange’ would fit over it so we started singing over it and that’s how it ended up. Reggae is the newest and best beat around. There are more possibilities with reggae than anything at the moment.

Paul McCartney – From “The Beatles: Off The Record 2 – The Dream is Over: Dream Is Over Vol 2” by Keith Badman

From Eight Arms to Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium, by Chip Madinger & Mark Easter:

[this cover] was originally recorded (July 24th) as a reggae-styled instrumental known to the band as “Half Past Ten”. After the band listened to the track, they had the realization that the melody to “Love Is Strange” would dovetail perfectly with the backing. […]

So “popular” was the song that it was scheduled to be the UK single from Wild Life, backed with ‘I Am Your Singer’ as Apple R 5932 in January 1972. The single master was prepared at EMI on December 23rd, however, clearer heads prevailed over the holidays and the disc’s release was cancelled as it was not the best way to introduce Wings to the 45 RPM market.

Another version says that Paul himself objected to this idea; and instead pushed to release “Give Ireland Back To The Irish” as the first’s Wings single.

“Love Is Strange” single released in Mexico
From Paul McCartney on Twitter – Paul painting the roof in Scotland. Photo by Linda McCartney
From The Beatles: 18 Days of McCartney Day 15- Home in the Heart of the Country (thefabfourblog.blogspot.com)

Last updated on April 24, 2022

Lyrics

Baby, love is strange
Many many people, take it for a game
My sweet baby, love is strange
Yeah Yeah

Many many people, take it for a game
Yeah yeah love is strange
Love is strange

Many many people, take it for a game
Yeah yeah love is strange
Love is strange

Many people, they don't understand
They think that having love is
Like having money in the hand

My sweet baby, love is strange
Many many people, seem to take it for a game

Let me hear you sing it
La la la la Love is strange
La la la la Love is strange
La la la la Love is strange
La la la la Love is strange

Variations


A Stereo version • From "Wild Life"

A1 Single Edit (unreleased)

A1.2018 Single Edit. 2018 remaster • From "Wild Life - Archive Collection"

A1993 1993 remaster • From "Wild Life (1993)"

A2018 2018 remaster • From "Wild Life - Archive Collection"

A2022 2022 half-speed mastering • From "Wild Life (50th Anniversary)"

B Rough mix • From "Wild Life - Archive Collection"

Officially appears on


Wild Life

LP • Released in 1971

4:51 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineDenny Seiwell
Paul McCartney :
Producer
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant
Chris Blair :
Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Oct 03, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 05, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Love Is Strange / I Am Your Singer

7" Single • Released in 1972

4:51 • Studio versionA1 • Stereo • Single Edit

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineDenny Seiwell
Paul McCartney :
Producer
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant
Chris Blair :
Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Oct 03, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 05, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Wild Life (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:51 • Studio versionA1993 • Stereo • 1993 remaster

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineDenny Seiwell
Paul McCartney :
Producer
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant
Peter Mew :
Remastering
Chris Blair :
Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Oct 03, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 05, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Wild Life - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2018

4:50 • Studio versionA2018 • 2018 Remaster

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineDenny Seiwell
Paul McCartney :
Producer
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant
Alex Wharton :
Remastering
Chris Blair :
Recording engineer assistant
Steve Orchard :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Oct 03, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 05, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Wild Life - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2018

4:24 • Rough mixB

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineDenny Seiwell
Paul McCartney :
Producer
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant
Alex Wharton :
Mastering
Chris Blair :
Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Oct 03, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Aug 06, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Wild Life - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2018

4:14 • Studio versionA1.2018 • Single Edit. 2018 remaster

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineDenny Seiwell
Paul McCartney :
Producer
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant
Alex Wharton :
Remastering
Chris Blair :
Recording engineer assistant
Steve Orchard :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Oct 03, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 05, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Love

EP • Released in 2020

4:50 • Studio versionA2018 • 2018 remaster

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineDenny Seiwell
Paul McCartney :
Producer
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant
Alex Wharton :
Remastering
Chris Blair :
Recording engineer assistant
Steve Orchard :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Oct 03, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 05, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Wild Life (50th Anniversary)

LP • Released in 2022

4:51 • Studio versionA2022 • Stereo • 2022 half-speed mastering

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineDenny Seiwell
Paul McCartney :
Producer
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant
Chris Blair :
Recording engineer assistant
Miles Showell :
Mastering

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Oct 03, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 05, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Bootlegs



Studio Rarities Vol. 1

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

3:21 • Outtake • unreleased promo edit


Wild Life - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

4:54 • Studio versionA

Performed by :
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyDenny LaineDenny Seiwell
Paul McCartney :
Producer
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Mixing engineer assistant
Chris Blair :
Recording engineer assistant

Session Recording:
Jul 24, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Oct 03, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 05, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Press To Play Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

1:52 • Live

Concert From "'Stranglehold' video shoot" in Amado, USA on Nov 04, 1986

Live performances

“Love Is Strange” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where Love Is Strange has been played


'Stranglehold' video shoot

Nov 04, 1986 • USA • Amado • Half Way Station restaurant

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